- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Israeli warplanes boom over Lebanon
BEIRUT Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace yesterday, flying over the country from south to north and breaking the sound barrier over Beirut and Tripoli.
The supersonic bang was particularly strong in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a correspondent for Agence France-Presse reported.
This new violation of Lebanese airspace came a day after tension rose on the Israeli-Lebanese border between the Shi'ite fundamentalist militia Hezbolllah and the Israeli army.
An Israeli fighter-bomber fired four missiles at a southern Lebanon hill near the village of Kfar Shuba on Monday in retaliation for heavy artillery fire by Hezbollah on Israeli positions near the disputed Shebaa Farms area.

Egyptologists discover cemetery of women
CAIRO Egyptian archeologists have discovered about a dozen sarcophagi and mummies in Gynecopolis, or the City of Women, in the Nile Delta province of Beheira, antiquities authorities said yesterday.
"The women's tombs that have been discovered date back to the Greek and Roman eras," said Rabi Abu al-Kassim, director of antiquities for Beheira. Excavation leader Sabri Chukri said the necropolis in Salvago reserved for women is built on three levels, with the first layer originating in the late Pharaonic period.
Mummies have been found in sarcophagi of terra cotta and colored stone depicting the dead woman's face or a Pharaonic deity such as Hours or Anubis, Mr. Chukri said. Jewels, amulets, statuettes and bronze and terra cotta plates also have been found.
"About three months ago, a dozen mummies belonging to the Pharaonic era" of between 666 and 333 B.C. were unearthed at the same site, said archeologist Mohammad Ibrahim.

Algerian brigadier killed in road ambush
ALGIERS Suspected Muslim fundamentalists killed a military police officer in a road ambush west of here, and the mutilated bodies of three kidnapped soldiers also were found, press reports said yesterday.
A brigade chief in the gendarmerie died Sunday in an ambush near Relizane, 210 miles west of Algiers, newspapers reported.
The bodies of the soldiers were also found Sunday in the northeastern Jijel region, 180 miles from the capital. They were abducted last week at a fake roadblock and were shot before being mutilated with knives.
Algeria has been embroiled in a Muslim fundamentalist insurgency that has claimed at least 150,000 lives since 1992.

Weekly notes
Qatari Emir Hamad Ben Khalifa Al-Thani arrived in Tehran yesterday for talks on the Afghan crisis as well as regional issues, Iranian state radio reported. He was welcomed by Iranian Vice President Mohammed Ali Abtahi and Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf at the airport before heading to talks with President Mohammed Khatami . Qatar currently heads the Organization of Islamic Conference, which Iran led last year. The State Department's special envoy for Cyprus, Thomas Weston , held what he called "constructive discussions" yesterday on the future of the divided island with Turkish officials in Ankara. "We've talked about ways to support the good offices mission of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan," Mr. Weston was reported by Anatolia news agency as saying after his meeting with Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal.

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